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Reconsidering the Ostraka of the Athenian Agora: An Interview with Jim Sickinger

December 13, 2018

Reconsidering the Ostraka of the Athenian Agora: An Interview with Jim Sickinger

In light of new excavation finds and publications, NEH and ASCSA Fellow Jim Sickinger discusses his research related to the Athenian practice of ostracism.

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Hesperia 87.4 Now Online!

November 26, 2018

Hesperia 87.4 Now Online!

Topics in this issue include a gold necklace from the grave of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos, a Protoattic votive deposit from the Athenian Agora, the pediments and akroteria of the Hephaisteion, and Sir John Beazley’s notebooks.

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From the Trench to the Lab: Learning to Conserve Archaeological Material at the Agora

October 29, 2018

From the Trench to the Lab: Learning to Conserve Archaeological Material at the Agora

What is it like to treat freshly excavated material? Meet the Conservation Interns of 2018 Summer Agora Excavations and find out!

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New Publication! The Agora Bone Well (Hesperia Suppl. 50)

October 1, 2018

New Publication! The Agora Bone Well (Hesperia Suppl. 50)

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of The Agora Bone Well (Hesperia Suppl. 50) by Maria A. Liston, Susan I. Rotroff, and Lynn M. Snyder.

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Hesperia 87.3 Now Online!

September 13, 2018

Hesperia 87.3 Now Online!

Topics include terracotta votives from Acrocorinth, defensive watchtowers at Mantineia, Hippias of Erythrai, and marble statuary of Asklepios from the Athenian Agora.

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Hesperia 87.2 Now Online!

June 19, 2018

Hesperia 87.2 Now Online!

Topics include a Middle Helladic cist tomb in the Athenian Agora, prehistoric bronze shields from Delphi, Boiotian pottery decorated in the so-called Six’s technique, and Late Antique inscribed altars from the Asklepieion at Epidauros.

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New Publication! Hellenistic Pottery: The Fine Wares (Corinth VII.7)

May 30, 2018

New Publication! Hellenistic Pottery: The Fine Wares (Corinth VII.7)

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hellenistic Pottery: The Fine Wares (Corinth VII.7) by Sarah A. James.

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New Publication! Ancient Corinth: Site Guide

May 15, 2018

New Publication! Ancient Corinth: Site Guide

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Ancient Corinth: Site Guide, by Guy D. R. Sanders, Jennifer Palinkas, and Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst, with James Herbst

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Early Iron Age Cemeteries in the Agora: An Interview with Author John K. Papadopoulos

March 27, 2018

Early Iron Age Cemeteries in the Agora: An Interview with Author John K. Papadopoulos

John K. Papadopoulos discusses the newest volume in the Athenian Agora series

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VIDEOCAST - Open Meeting 2018

March 21, 2018

VIDEOCAST - Open Meeting 2018

"The Work of the School," Jenifer Neils, Director, ASCSA "Nessun Dorma! Ancient Greece after Sunset," Angelos Chaniotis, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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New Publication: The Monuments of the Eastern Hill (Samothrace 9)

March 7, 2018

New Publication: The Monuments of the Eastern Hill (Samothrace 9)

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of The Monuments of the Eastern Hill (Samothrace 9) by Bonna D. Wescoat.

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New Publication: The Sanctuary of Athena at Sounion (AAAC 4)

February 27, 2018

New Publication: The Sanctuary of Athena at Sounion (AAAC 4)

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of The Sanctuary of Athena at Sounion (AAAC 4) by Barbara Barletta.

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New Publication: The Early Iron Age: The Cemeteries (Agora XXXVI)

January 29, 2018

New Publication: The Early Iron Age: The Cemeteries (Agora XXXVI)

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of The Early Iron Age: The Cemeteries (Agora XXXVI) by John K. Papadopoulos and Evelyn Lord Smithson.

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VIDEOCAST - “Why are Scientists Afraid of ED-XRF Analysis in Art and Archaeology?”

December 21, 2017

VIDEOCAST - “Why are Scientists Afraid of ED-XRF Analysis in Art and Archaeology?”

Sariel Shalev, University of Haifa

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Trustees Announce Recipient of the 2018 Athens Prize

November 3, 2017

Trustees Announce Recipient of the 2018 Athens Prize

The Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens have announced Ronald S. Stroud as the winner of the Athens Prize awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge of ancient Greece.

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Landscaping Ancient Agora in the 1950s. Before-and-After Photos

September 5, 2017

Landscaping Ancient Agora in the 1950s. Before-and-After Photos

The Ancient Agora of Athens is considered by all, locals and tourists, to be a small oasis in the center of the city. Strolling in the largest archaeological park of Athens, in the shade of tall oaks, planes, and olives, we hardly realize how much effort was devoted to landscaping the site in the early 1950s. That was a major undertaking, one comparable to the reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos itself. One only needs to see before-and-after photos in order to grasp the magnitude of this achievement.

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Hesperia 86.3 Now Online!

August 31, 2017

Hesperia 86.3 Now Online!

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 86.3. Topics in this issue include a review and analysis of the evidence for the origins of the Ionian cities of Asia Minor, a new interpretation of the Dipylon oinochoe graffito, the publication of a deposit of ostraka from the Athenian Agora, and new evidence for the dating of defensive fortifications in southwestern Anatolia based on the excavations of the Bastion complex on the Tepecik acropolis at Patara in southwestern Turkey.

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Hesperia welcomes New Editor: Jennifer Sacher

August 16, 2017

Hesperia welcomes New Editor: Jennifer Sacher

After a comprehensive search, the ASCSA has chosen Jennifer Sacher to be the next editor of Hesperia.

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New Publication: Tombs, Burials, and Commemoration in Corinth’s Northern Cemetery (Corinth XXI)

August 8, 2017

New Publication: Tombs, Burials, and Commemoration in Corinth’s Northern Cemetery (Corinth XXI)

Tombs, Burials, and Commemoration in Corinth's Northern Cemetery (Corinth XXI) is now published and available for purchase!

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New Publication: Terracotta Lamps II: 1967-2004 (Isthmia X)

July 24, 2017

New Publication: Terracotta Lamps II: 1967-2004 (Isthmia X)

Terracotta Lamps II: 1967-2004 (Isthmia X) is now published and available for purchase!

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School Summer Newsletter

July 7, 2017

School Summer Newsletter

The American School's Summer 2017 issue of the newsletter is now online for viewing.

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Meet a Member: Robert Pounder

June 21, 2017

Meet a Member: Robert Pounder

Meet Robert Pounder, an Emeritus Professor of Classics at Vassar College who has been involved, in one way or another, with the American School for 50 years now.

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Votive Reliefs in the Agora: An Interview with Carol L. Lawton

May 26, 2017

Votive Reliefs in the Agora: An Interview with Carol L. Lawton

An interview with Carol L. Lawton about the newest volume in our Athenian Agora series.

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Hesperia 86.2 Now Online!

May 23, 2017

Hesperia 86.2 Now Online!

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 86.2. Topics in this issue include an overview of Archaic and Classical Butrint, a reconstruction of the sculptural program of the Temple of Apollo Patroos in the Agora, the initial publication of a Hellenistic decree from Athens, and a revisiting of the location of the Battle of Philippi.

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New Publication: Votive Reliefs (Agora XXXVIII)

May 22, 2017

New Publication: Votive Reliefs (Agora XXXVIII)

Votive Reliefs (Agora XXXVIII) is now published and available for purchase!

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Hesperia 86.1 Now Online!

February 15, 2017

Hesperia 86.1 Now Online!

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 86.1. Topics in this issue include the sculptural program of the Athenian Treasury at Delphi, the results of recent work at Kolophon, newly published sculptural pieces from the Agora, and new proposals concerning the Antikythera Mechanism.

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Announcement Concerning Access to the Archives in the Gennadius Library

January 20, 2017

Announcement Concerning Access to the Archives in the Gennadius Library

Researchers will not be able to access the Archives of the G.L. between July 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018. H πρόσβαση των ερευνητών στα Αρχεία της Βιβλιοθήκης δεν θα είναι δυνατή από 1/7/2017 έως 28/2/2018.

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December 6, 2016

Amphora Stamps from Thasos: An Interview with Chavdar Tzochev

Chavdar Tzochev discusses his work dating and contextualizing Thasian amphora stamps in the Athenian Agora.

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Athenian Agora XXXVII: Amphora Stamps from Thasos Published

November 17, 2016

Athenian Agora XXXVII: Amphora Stamps from Thasos Published

Athenian Agora XXXVII: Amphora Stamps from Thasos is now published and available for purchase.

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Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist

August 22, 2016

Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist

Our new video gives a peek of what an excavation looks like through the eyes of an archaeologist

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August 18, 2016

A Life at the Agora

Come travel with us as we pay tribute to John Camp's amazing 50 years at the Agora through this inspiring 6 minute video.

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May 27, 2016

Spring 2016 Edition of ASCSA Newsletter

A special excavation issue covering activities at the Athenian Agora, Ancient Corinth, and School-affiliated excavations is now available for viewing online.

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May 26, 2016

American School and Gennadius Library Celebrate Anniversaries with Gala

Agora Excavations Director John Camp and the A.G. Leventis Foundation were both recognized for their contributions at the May 12th event in New York City.

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iDig: A Glimpse into the Future of Archaeology

January 7, 2016

iDig: A Glimpse into the Future of Archaeology

The Agora's IT specialist, Bruce Hartzler, talks to ASCSA about the development of the iDig app and how it's bringing the process of excavation into real-time, shareable reporting

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September 10, 2015

ASCSA Lends Venues, Voices to Global Democracy Forum

School Director Jim Wright and Mellon Professor Kevin Daly will be participating in this forum on September 14-16 sponsored by the International New York Times and held in part in the School's Cotsen Hall and the Stoa of Attalos.

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August 31, 2015

Hesperia 84.3 Now Online!

Topics in this issue include the excavations at Gournia as well as those conducted at the Athenian Agora, the term of the treasurers of Athena, a Boiotian red-figure calyx krater, the hands and dating of Athenian dramatic festival inscriptions, and the use of spolia in William of Moerbeke's church at Merbaka.

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July 21, 2015

The Hellenic Initiative, Quicken Loans Visit the School

The ASCSA continued to host more visitors throughout the month of June as leadership from The Hellenic Initiative and a group from Quicken Loans were introduced to the work of the School.

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VIDEOCAST - Alumni Aristeia Award January 10 2015

January 20, 2015

VIDEOCAST - Alumni Aristeia Award January 10 2015

Alumni Aristeia Award January 10 2015 John Camp Filmed by: P. Panos

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November 19, 2014

Aristeia Award Winner Announced

John Camp is the 2015 Aristeia Award Winner

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September 30, 2014

Hesperia 83.3 Now Online!

Topics in this issue include the EH II–III transition at Lerna and Tiryns, pedimental reliefs from Helike, "nonsense" inscriptions on Attic vases, Agora I 5162, and Italian sigillata stamps on Crete.

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April 10, 2014

Hesperia 83.1 Now Online!

Topics in this issue include the Panayia Field at Corinth, the Bellerophon myth in Corinthian art, the archaeobotanical remains of Building Δ at Hellenistic Krania, Antiochos IV’s arrival in Athens, and the Roman-period bronze statuettes found in the Agora.

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March 31, 2014

Farewell Jan!

Long-time Agora Excavations secretary Jan Jordan retires from the school after 30 years of service.

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Research Spotlight: Sebastian Prignitz

March 20, 2014

Research Spotlight: Sebastian Prignitz

During the fall of 2013, Sebastian Prignitz, a scientific researcher at the Inscriptiones Graecae program of the Berlin Academy, was in Athens to work on Greek inscriptions from the epigraphical collection of the Athenian Agora.

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Meet the Kress Conservation Team of 2013

December 30, 2013

Meet the Kress Conservation Team of 2013

Three interns worked at the Agora this summer in the conservation lab under the supervision of Maria Tziotziou where they gained invaluable experience in the field.

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Research Spotlight: Joanita Vroom

December 30, 2013

Research Spotlight: Joanita Vroom

In 2013, Joanita Vroom and team researched ceramic finds of the Byzantine, Frankish, and Ottoman periods in the Agora.

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July 23, 2013

Dinsmoor Drawings Conserved

The Archives report that the conservation of another 56 architectural drawings by William Bell Dinsmoor has been completed.

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June 27, 2013

Europa Nostra in the Agora

On June 15, more that 200 members of the cultural organization "Europa Nostra" visited the Ancient Agora as part of their annual convention.

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Upper Floor of Agora’s Stoa of Attalos Reopens to Public

December 31, 2012

Upper Floor of Agora’s Stoa of Attalos Reopens to Public

On November 20 2012, the Greek Minister of Culture, Mr. Tzavaras, inaugurated the EEA Grants project, “Reviving the Ancient Agora, the Birthplace of Democracy” with a sculpture exhibition at the Stoa of Attalos.

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November 9, 2012

ASCSA Publication Wins 2013 Wiseman Award

The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora (Hesperia Supplement 46), by Kathleen Lynch, has won the 2013 James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Renovated Stoa of Attalos; New Digital Library Debuts

June 22, 2012

Renovated Stoa of Attalos; New Digital Library Debuts

A renovated Stoa of Attalos and new digital library for the Agora Excavations are set to debut July 18, 2012. Annotated excavation notebooks and 360 degree object photography on the web, as well as newly conserved (and some never before seen) sculpture in the Stoa galleries are all to be unveiled. See a preview here.

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June 18, 2012

Hesperia 81.2 Now Online

The June 2012 issue of Hesperia is now available!

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The Dedicatory Monuments: An Interview with John Traill

March 8, 2012

The Dedicatory Monuments: An Interview with John Traill

John Traill describes his work on Daniel Geagan's Inscriptions: The Dedicatory Monuments (Agora XVIII, recently published by the ASCSA), and how he came to work on the inscriptions in the Athenian Agora.

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October 20, 2011

Meet the Agora Team of 2011

The number of workers at the Agora swell in summer as excavation volunteers and conservation interns join staff. Meet the intrepid workers of 2011.

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Research Spotlight: Fellows Experiment with Digital Modeling at the Agora

October 18, 2011

Research Spotlight: Fellows Experiment with Digital Modeling at the Agora

Stamps on ancient ceramic containers have been documented and studied for decades through traditional methods, such as drawings, paper rubbings and photography. Chavdar Tzochev and Katie Simon are exploring the possibility of applying a new technology, which may leave the traditional means in the past.

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Videocast: Animals in the Agora

October 7, 2011

Videocast: Animals in the Agora

On April 5, 2011, Malcolm Wiener Visiting Research Professor Michael MacKinnon (University of Winnipeg) delivered the lecture, "Animals in the Agora: Reconstructing Cultural Life in Ancient Athens from Zooarchaeological Remains."

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Susan Rotroff Honored at ASCSA Archaeological Conference

July 8, 2011

Susan Rotroff Honored at ASCSA Archaeological Conference

"The Matter of Antiquity: An Archaeological Conference in Honor of Susan Rotroff" was held on June 17–18 and filled with colleagues and well-wishers of this noted Agora scholar and recent winner of the AIA Gold Medal. Read more to see why we think Susan is "kind of a big deal."

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March 24, 2011

John Camp Honored by the Society of Athenians

Agora Excavations Director John McK. Camp II was honored on March 14th, 2011 by the Society of Athenians as a philhellene and for his many years of archaeological work in Athens.

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December 20, 2010

New Research Interface for ASCSA.net

A new web research interface is available on ASCSA.net, and tips on using the online database.

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September 10, 2010

In Print: New Agora Volumes

Two books devoted to the Agora Excavations were published in 2010: The Athenian Agora Site Guide (5th ed.) and The Athenian Agora: New Perspectives on an Ancient Site.

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Meet 2010’s Conservation Interns

September 10, 2010

Meet 2010’s Conservation Interns

The excavation season is not the only activity at the Agora in summer. An ambitious program of conservation is also undertaken through the Agora Conservation Laboratory Internship. Meet the interns enlisted by the Agora for 2010.

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July 21, 2010

Agora Scholar Awarded AIA Gold Medal

Longtime ASCSA Managing Committee member and Agora staff member Susan Rotroff has been awarded the prestigious AIA Gold Medal in recognition of her distinguished contributions to archaeology through fieldwork, publications, and teaching.

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February 12, 2010

Agora and Corinth Partner for Online Excavation Databases

The staff of the Athenian Agora and Corinth Excavations has been collaborating to bring their vast electronic resources together in a single online interface. These databases provide a valuable research tool for scholars far beyond Athens and Corinth. They are available at ascsa.net.

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November 19, 2009

“Big Digs Go Digital” Conference Explores Collaborations

Representatives of the German Archaeological Institute and the ASCSA convened in Athens and Corinth November 4-7 to discuss problems in information technology as they pertain to large-scale excavations.

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August 21, 2009

New Publication: Vessel Glass

A landmark in the study of ancient glass from Greece, Agora XXXIV presents 404 vessels, representing almost every type of glass known from antiquity.

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The Faces of Summer at the Agora

July 24, 2009

The Faces of Summer at the Agora

The number of volunteers and field personnel swell in summer when the Agora's excavation season is underway. Here are some of the faces of summer 2010.

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July 24, 2009

News and Notes from the Athenian Agora

The 2009 summer excavation season at the Agora is wrapping up with various pursuits undertaken as described here.

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June 16, 2009

Agora Begins Excavation Season

The Excavations at the Ancient Agora have begun their season which extends to the end of July.

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Research Spotlight: John Papadopoulos and Sara Strack at the Agora

April 13, 2009

Research Spotlight: John Papadopoulos and Sara Strack at the Agora

Buried under piles of sherds in the Stoa of Attalos all winter, John K. Papadopoulos and Sara Strack emerge to describe their findings and how their work will shed light on a period often cast as a Dark Age.

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March 27, 2009

The Athenian Agora’s 2008 Season: Preliminary Results

A team of 62 individuals, part staff and excavation employees and part volunteer interns from 23 U.S.-based universities and 7 foreign countries, participated in last summer's excavation season at the Athenian Agora. Their preliminary report is detailed here.

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January 5, 2009

New Publication: Roman Pottery: Fine-Ware Imports

This long-awaited seminal work by John W. Hayes, one of the world's leading experts on Roman pottery, will be an essential reference work for scholars throughout the Mediterranean.

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January 5, 2009

New Publication: Fragmentary Decrees from the Athenian Agora

In Hesperia Suppl. 38, Michael B. Walbank presents the editiones principes of 100 fragmentary inscriptions from the Athenian Agora, providing new insights into the workings of the Athenian state.

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Conservation of a Coin Hoard

December 29, 2008

Conservation of a Coin Hoard

Getting a find out of the ground is only the beginning of the story, as Conservator Amandina Anastassiades and Assistant Conservator Karen Lovén demonstrate in this case study of a coin hoard from the Agora Excavations’ conservation lab. (Updated for 2009)

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August 14, 2008

Who was Philiste?

A 4th-century B.C. funerary horos (I 7525) discovered in the excavations of the Athenian Agora in 1981 preserves the name Philiste. A previously published funerary stele found in the Agora in 1934 is inscribed with the same name (IG II2 6133a). Although it cannot be demonstrated conclusively, it is possible that these funerary inscriptions originally belonged to the same grave plot.

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Conserving the Athenian Past

October 21, 2007

Conserving the Athenian Past

For the Athenian Agora's conservation professionals, no pot is too fragmentary or coin too degraded. Karen Lovén, assistant conservator, reflects on a year full of new discoveries. She also describes the lab's important role in education.

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